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BLOOD BROTHERS presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music through Oct. 11. Click here for more information on the production.
CCMs Studio Series presents an intimately-staged and vocally powerful production of BLOOD BROTHERS.
Hannah Kornfeld as Mrs. Johnstone, Thomas Knapp as Mickey and Karl Anumdson do excellent work in creating believable characters in this tragic tale. The production included solid supporting performances by Kaela O’Connor as Linda, and Brianna Barnes and John Battagliese as the Lyons. Characters’ accents are handled well and sound natural throughout, thanks in part to dialect coach Kate Glasheen.
The cast, under music director Steve Goers, sound phenomenal. Favorite numbers include “My Child,” “My Friend” and “I’m Not Saying a Word.” There were times, usually when the piano was played full-out, that the music overpowered the vocals.
Director Vince DeGeorge does well in staging the production, keeping the story-line clear and easy to follow. This is my first time seeing a production of BLOOD BROTHERS, but it felt like the Narrator was a bit under-used.
Definitely one of my all-time favorite musical productions in the Studio Series.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
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